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Sheldon Richardson inks deal
CORTLAND -- Sheldon Richardson, the Jets 13th overall pick, signed a four-year deal Thursday morning and is expected to be in Cortland when the team arrives at SUNY-Cortland.
The Jets tweeted news of the signing at 9:40 from their official account.
Richardson's deal is worth $10.054 million fully guaranteed and includes offset language, according to ProFootballTalk.com.
The Jets used their 13th overall pick -- given to them by Tampa Bay in exchange for cornerback Darrelle Revis -- to select the 6-3, 294-pound Missouri defensive tackle three spots behind rookie corner Dee Milliner.
Speaking of Milliner ... the former Alabama stud is the only Jets rookie who has yet to ink his deal. Though sidelined all offseason following shoulder surgery, he vowed to be ready by training camp. Now, it just remains to be seen when he'll show up to Cortland.
Richardson, meanwhile, impressed during minicamp and is expected to be a force on the Jets revamped D-line.
"We haven’t put the pads on, but he’s explosive and I know you guys recognize it too," coach Rex Ryan said in June. "It’s not hard to recognize a guy that plays with that kind of energy, that kind of enthusiasm. We talk about it here, playing like a Jet. Nobody likes that term, but it’s a huge term to us....Certainly this is a guy you don’t have to worry about.
"How athletic is he? You guys saw him in college. He actually played middle linebacker some. It’s not surprising that we’re seeing what we’re seeing. He just jumps in there. You put him all over the place and he’s just hitting it and he’s going 100 mph. When you put him in there with a Quinton Coples, with Big Mo (Muhammad Wilkerson), Kenrick (Ellis), all those type of guys, the energy, and not just them. But from Snacks (Damon Harrison), from, we got (Antonio) Garay on the field today, which is great to see.
"The job (defensive line coach) Karl Dunbar’s done. You see just the energy that those guys are playing with. They push each other. And that’s when you know you’ve got a great unit."